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  • Date: Wed 10 February 2010
  • Venue: Goodison Park
  • Ref: Wiley, A
  • Attendance: 36,411
Everton

Everton

Saha (33)

Saha (75)

2 - 1
Chelsea

Chelsea

Malouda (17)

Everton vs Chelsea

Team Lineups

Everton

Tim Howard
Leighton Baines
Johnny Heitinga
Sylvain Distin
Diniyar Bilyaletdinov (Dan Gosling, 86)
Mikel Arteta (Jack Rodwell, 74)
Tim Cahill
Phil Neville
Leon Osman
Louis Saha (Philippe Senderos, 90)
Landon Donovan

Chelsea

Petr Cech
Branislav Ivanovic
Ashley Cole (Michael Ballack, 57)
Ricardo Carvalho
John Terry
Frank Lampard
John Obi Mikel (Daniel Sturridge, 76)
Florent Malouda
Yuri Zhirkov
Didier Drogba
Nicolas Anelka (Salomon Kalou, 67)

Match Report
Louis Saha scored twice and should have had a third as Everton came from behind to beat league leaders Chelsea 2-1 at Goodison Park. Chelsea took the lead through Florent Malouda but Saha's 100th goal in English league football levelled proceedings midway through the first half. The Frenchman then missed a late first-half penalty but he made amends 15 minutes from time, capitalising on a John Terry mistake to volley home. Despite the point Chelsea, remain top of the table after Manchester United were held at Aston Villa. After a slow start Chelsea began to turn the screw and with 17 minutes gone Malouda broke the deadlock. The France international latched on to Didier Drogba's flick-on and calmly slotted the ball beyond the helpless Tim Howard from inside the penalty area. Prior to Malouda's sixth Premier League goal of the season, chances had been few and far between with Frank Lampard dragging a shot wide, while the hosts were strangely off the pace. The goal failed to spark an Everton comeback and it was the visitors who looked the more likely scorers with Ricardo Carvalho heading a 25th-minute Lampard corner tamely at Howard when unmarked. But the hosts equalised in the 33rd minute when Saha stole a march on Terry following a Landon Donovan corner and the former Manchester United striker powerfully headed beyond Petr Cech. Everton dominated the remainder of the half and should have been in front at the interval but Saha saw his penalty brilliantly saved by Cech low to his left after Carvalho had tripped Donovan. The second half was all action but there were few chances until Saha's 75th-minute strike. Former England captain Terry misjudged a long ball and, as the ball dropped, Saha brought the ball down on his chest before crashing a left-footed volley beyond Cech. It was all Chelsea from then onwards and minutes later the visitors thought they were level only for Drogba's shot to cannon back off the bar after Everton had failed to deal with Lampard's corner. It was then the turn of substitutes Salomon Kalou and Daniel Sturridge to go close for Chelsea but Howard was equal to both efforts as the FA Cup holders succumbed to their fourth league defeat of the season.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

FULL TIME: EVERTON 2-1 CHELSEA. A fantastic game at Goodison that sees Everton come from behind to seal a famous win and put a dent in Chelsea's title aspirations.

90
Yellow Card
 

Florent Malouda is booked for a late challenge on Donovan, seconds left now.

90
Substitution
 

Louis Saha gets a deserved standing ovation as he jogs off to be replaced by Philippe Senderos.

90

Whistles can be heard around the stadium as Everton hang on on what could be a famous win.

89

FIVE minutes to be added on, the groans echo around the ground.

89

Nervy times at Goodison as Everton drop deeper and deeper, a minute left plus stoppages.....

87

Chelsea are claiming a free-kick as Ballack clashes with Distin on the edge of the area, but referee Alan Wiley deems it an accidental collision.

86
Substitution
 

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov comes off to be replaced by Dan Gosling.

81

Everton hanging on now, Drogba tees up Lampard whose low strike is tipped round the post for corner.

79

Chance for Chelsea! Lampard's corner is met by Drogba, who crashes a header off the bar.

76
Substitution
 

Chelsea bring on Daniel Sturridge for John Obi Mikel to try and grab an equaliser.

75
Goal
 

EVERTON 2-1 CHELSEA SAHA controls a diagional long pass and crashes a spectacular volley past Cech. Great strike!

74
Substitution
 

Mikel Arteta, on his first start for nearly a year, gets a standing ovation as he makes way for Jack Rodwell.

72

Chelsea are having much more possession now as they look to carve out a winner, but they are unable to break down Everton's stubborn defence so far.

67
Substitution
 

Nicolas Anelka jogs off to be replaced by Salomon Kalou.

65
Yellow Card
 

Landon Donovan goes into the book for a trip on Yuri Zhirkov. It looked accidental so Donovan can count himself a little unlucky there.

62
Yellow Card
 

John Obi Mikel is booked for a needless handball.

59

Great sustanied spell of pressure form Everton. First Donovan's cross just evades Cahill in the area, then a cross from Arteta is scrambled away by Terry. Great play by The Toffees.

58

Great feet by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov in the area sets up a shooting chance but Branislav Ivanovic gets in to make the block.

56
Substitution
 

Ashley Cole limps off with a foot injury to be replaced by Michael Ballack.

55

Everton are closing the ball down at every opportunity and making it difficult for Chelsea to keep possession, the Londonders know they are in a match here.

50

So close! A long diagonal ball from Neville evades John Terry and Louis Saha is able to control and shoot but he puts it just wide. Great start ot the half by Everton.

49

Chance for Everton! Diniyar Bilyaletdinov's cross looked to be drifting goalwards but Cech does well to tip over.

Second half
 

We are underway again at Goodison Park.

Half time
 

HALF TIME: EVERTON 1-1 CHELSEA. A great 45 minutes of football at Goodison.

45

Penalty saved! Cech guesses right and pushes away Saha's spot kick.

44

Penalty to Everton! Osman plays in Donovan who is clearly tripped by Ricardo Carvalho in the area.

41

Frank Lampard's 40-yard free-kick fizzes over the bar.

37

Chance straight away at the other end. Drogba is free on the left touchline and he fires it across to Anelka whose shot goes just wide with Howard beaten.

36

Everton have their tails up now. Tim Cahill hold up the ball on the edge of the box and lays is back to Osman who flashes just wide.

33
Goal
 

EVERTON 1-1 CHELSEA. Landon Donovan's corner is headed home by SAHA at the near post. Great response from Everton!

27

John Terry's looping header from the resulting corner is straight at Howard.

26

Drogba lines up a curling effort into the far corner but it hits Johnny Heitinga on the back and goes out for a corner. Meanwhile goalscorer Malouda stays down after a late challenge by Neville.

22

Everton try to get back into things and froce a corner on the left. But Arteta's delivery is cleared at the near post by Drogba.

17
Goal
 

EVERTON 0-1 CHELSEA: Simple! A long ball by Cech is flicked on by Drogba and MALOUDA evades Phil Neville to control and finish low past Howard.

15

Chelsea are still enjoying much of the possession, the Everton crowd seem a little subdued, perhaps still reflecting on that disappointing derby defeat at the weekend.

10

Chelsea are warming to their task and are enjoying plenty of possession in around the Everton penalty area, but no shot on target - yet.

7

First chance of the match goes to the visitors - Ashley Cole lays the ball back from the left, Nicolas Anelka dummies and Frank Lampard fizzes a strike just wide.

5

Landon Donovan gets into space down the right flank but his cross is just over the head of Louis Saha in the area.

3

Quiet statrt here at Goodison. Chelsea have had the better of the possession, but no chances so far.

1
Kickoff
 

Everton haven't beaten Chelsea in 24 attempts - including last May's FA Cup Final - can they do so tonight? Alan Wiley gets us underway.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Just the one change for Chelsea from the side that beat Arsenal at the weekend with Yuri Zhirkov making a rare start in place of Michael Ballack, who drops to the bench.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Everton make two changes from the side that lost at Anfield on Saturday. Mikel Arteta makes his first start for nearly a year in place of the suspended Steven Pienaar while Diniyar Bilyaletdinov comes in for the injured Marouane Fellaini.